The Weekend Past
As noted in Mike's post, ThreatsWatch made a trip to our nations capital this past weekend. There were many reasons for the trip, primarily meetings with men and women who have advised us along the way and for whom we are going to continue to look to over the coming months as we launch the Center for Threat Awareness. Good fortune would have it that all this coincided with Steve's invitation to meet with President Bush, and with A.N.S.W.E.R.'s (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism) march from the White House to the Capitol building, which would be followed by a "Die In".
While the majority of our stay in DC was in conversation, we were available and chose to join the Gathering of Eagles, Victory Caucus and many others who were in town to counter the A.N.S.W.E.R. crowd. Steve and I walked Pennsylvania Avenue after meeting with blogger and longtime friend of ThreatsWatch, Tom the Redhunter, to the Capitol and waited out the better late than never arrival of the marchers.
Below are some of the images of the weekend's events:
Steve with the President on Friday morning (Photograph by Joyce N. Boghosian.)
Now Saturday (above), Pennsylvania Avenue looking back toward the White House. While the Eagles wait at the Navy Memorial, the A.N.S.W.E.R. folks haven't begun to march yet, so we continue on to the Capitol Building - below.
The police were on hand, while tourist were the primary occupants of the lawn.
And then... we caught wind of their impending arrival.
And so they continued to arrive for a short bit - until they'd packed in nicely near the wall at the top of the lawn.
The SDS were there.
Click the Play button to hear the chant...
And after some brief cheers - it was time for a break and some organizing.
Some chose not to organize and instead they sought recreation...
As detailed here:
Now organized and fully recreated - the die-in began.
With the score being kept by Skeletor.
At this point, we decided that we'd had enough - though we stayed around to shake hands with veterans and supporters, watch a few more arrests and marvel at the hawking of goods by socialist vendors and artists.
Upon leaving, we walked the mall and found our way to the Vietnam War Memorial. Though we'd paid our respects at other memorials and monuments along the way, this one seemed to have even more meaning on a day of protest.